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Botswana said it has abandoned plans to implement mobile number portability (MNP) among the country’s three mobile phone operators after more than six years of preparation. Minister of Transport and Communications, Thulaganyo Segokgo, told Parliament the initiative would not proceed as an operator network readiness assessment study had shown that it was not feasible.

Read more: Botswana to drop out of MNP plans

Nigeria is a key African market, says Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres. “This region is hungry for digitisation and to pave the way for our hyperscale customers to deploy digitisation solutions to West Africa, Africa Data Centres’ construction of a 10-megawatt data centre in Lagos is well underway."

Read more: Africa Data Centres checks building 10MW Lagos Data Centre

A Soyuz rocket took off from a cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East and deployed 36 Florida-built OneWeb internet satellites into orbit. Another batch of OneWeb satellites will launch next month, continuing the build-out of a planned fleet of 648 spacecraft to provide global broadband services.

Read more: 36 broadband internet satellites are now added to OneWeb’s portfolio

The Luxembourg Government and SES’s fully-owned affiliate SES Techcom launched the second phase of the SATMED telemedicine project that will run into 2024. Enabled by satellite, SATMED is designed to connect doctors and nurses based in remote locations to the outside medical world, providing access to the platform’s cloud applications for e-training, virtual consultations, management and storage of medical data records, and video conferencing.

Read more: SES broadens accessibility to telemedicine with satellite-enabled SATMED

As part of the strategy launched in 2020, Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) issued a list of the 21 most important consumer rights to which telecommunications companies operating in the country must abide by. This step comes focuses on raising user satisfaction rates and making them aware of their rights.

Read more: Egypt’s NTRA issues a list of rights for mobile, internet customers

Libya is in discussion with British companies to develop its national telecom sector. Faisel Gergab, the chairman of the Libyan Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology Company (LPTIC) and Lydie Sheehan, the country manager of British business relations in Libya and Tunisia, have met for this matter.

Read more: Libya multiplies its collaborations to develop its national telecom sector